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Coma (1978)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  6 January 1978 (USA)
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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy.

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Dr. Susan Wheeler (as Genevieve Bujold)
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Hari Rhodes ...
Dr. Morelind (as Harry Rhodes)
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A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Imagine your life hangs by a thread. Imagine your body hangs by a wire. Imagine you're not imagining.


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SEK 1,272,484 (Sweden)
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A number of changes were made when adapting the film's source novel to the screen. The story's central protagonist Dr. Susan Wheeler was an attractive feminist blonde medical student in the book whereas in the film she is an unglamorous brunette second year surgical resident medical officer. The women's lib feminist content of the novel was cut right down for the film. Moreover, the medical institute building in the book was situated in the city whereas in the movie the building is located in the outer suburbs out of town. See more »

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When Dr. Bellows and Dr. Wheeler are on the beach, during the kissing scene, the sand on Michael Douglas' cheek disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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Jim: First rule of crime: Keep It Simple. What's simple? Carbon Monoxide.
Pathology Resident #2: Boring.
Dr. Susan Wheeler: Carbon Monoxide?
Jim: Sure, it's perfect. Anesthetist feeds the patient some carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. It's colorless and makes the blood very red so the surgeon doesn't notice anything funny. But the brain dies from lack of oxygen. End of operation - the patient doesn't wake up.
Dr. Susan Wheeler: No other effects?
Pathology Resident #2: Sure, other effects. Cardiac irritability.
Jim: Which this case had.
Pathology Resident #2: You know, it'd be much better to block the ...
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A first rate suspense movie!! A rare classic.
26 April 2002 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I decided to pick up this film originally because it was an early Michael Douglas movie, and Michael Crighton wrote and directed this screenplay. By the cover it had all the elements for a great movie, and the movie brought no disappointment. It was absolutely intriguing and brilliantly filmed. The background of the cold sterile hospital was haunting and perfect. Each actor whether big or small brought a twist to the story. The main character who played Dr. Susan Wheeler was perfect as the stern, and cold Doctor who's best friend goes in for a routine operation and then is rendered into a mysterious brain dead Coma. Dr. Wheeler begins to notice strange "coincidences" around the hospital and starts to investigate other "Coma" cases. What she unravels is a top secret plot that goes right to the very top. The story unravels perfectly and the tension and clues are superb. You can't get a much better 2 hour movie. It's definately a movie that you might be tempted to pass by but it's worth renting. Michael Douglas is even great, although only in it as a supporting character, as Dr. Wheeler's Doctor boyfriend who she tries to convince something terrible is going on within the hospital. You never know who might be involved in this plot and you're waiting for it all to unravel. The only negative aspect of this movie was the ending happens very very quickly, kind of leaves you feeling a little hurried but still an first class movie. Also look for Tom Selleck portraying a patient/dead body. You can't go wrong with this movie. 8/10


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